Day: March 12, 2008

L.A., Boston club mainstays on the move

Looks like this spring and summer will see big changes for popular venues in both Los Angeles and Boston. Largo will close its current operations in mid-May to move into the larger Coronet Theatre in June (reports the L.A. Times). Meanwhile, Boston may see an even bigger shift from its main club, the Comedy Connection, as owner Bill Blumenreich will lease the Wilbur Theatre and bring comedy (and perhaps the Connection itself) back to its original neighborhood (reported in today’s Boston Globe, but known by me and others in the community as a possibility for a couple of...

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Comedy Central’s 2008/2009 project list

Comedy Central has revealed its list of upcoming works and pilots under the modest heading: "The Future of Comedy." Next year, prepare for a fantasy-comedy set in medieval times, "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire," written by Peter Knight. The pilots include projects by or featuring Snoop Dogg, Andy Richter, Daniel Tosh, David Alan Grier, Nick Swardson, Paul F. Tompkins, Opie & Anthony, Zach Galifianakis and A.D. Miles. Scripted development deals go out to Bobby Lee, Jordan Rubin, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. And there will be specials. John Oliver’s "Terrifying Times" debuts April 20. Carlos Mencia’s hourlong "Performance Enhanced" debuts May 18. Brian Regan’s yet-untitled special will air in the third quarter of...

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Showalter vs. Miller: On the art of the diss

The following comedy lesson is brought to you by Michael Showalter, The Slipper Room, the F train and Road Runner Internet service… Comedians make fun of each other all the time. Most of the time, however, the comedian poking fun and the target of the poking are good friends and all is friendly. When the comedians don’t know each other, look out. Such was the case Tuesday night at Seth Herzog‘s Sweet showcase at The Slipper Room. Everything was going along smoothly and long as usual during the two-hour affair, with Herzog dancing like a fool, Brett Gelman presenting the angry insult comic Jimmy New York, and Showalter describing the first time he and childhood friend Herzog visited Hoagie Haven in the sixth grade. "He is like a cat rolled up in catnip, because I’m telling a story about him, instead of doing my material," Showalter said. He then followed up with an essay about dating girls with boyfriends, which if I didn’t know better, sounds like it could’ve been the inspiration for his charming comedy, The Baxter. So far, so good. Right? After some more silliness, including a discussion between Herzog and his mom about her affinity for gay men, TJ Miller (co-star in ABC’s new sitcom, Carpoolers, as well as the cameraman in Cloverfield) came on to close out the show. In his opening remarks, he referred...

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